Found all around the coastline of Australia and its islands. This robust black bird frequents rocky areas rather than beaches. If disturbed, it will most times walk briskly away. Generally in small groups but, flocks of a few dozen, or more, are sometimes encountered The strong red bill is used for pecking open the shellfish found in rocky marine areas.
A Sooty Oystercatcher wandering along a Fraser Island beach – photo by Kathy. Nikon D40, Nikkor 18-200, f-5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO-200
June 20th on Oxley Beach, Port Macquarie Camera: Canon 750D Lens: Tamron 150-600 Camera Settings ISO- 250 F-Stop- f8 Shutter Speed- 1/1000
Photographer: Philip Molloy
I have taken hundreds of photos of Oyster Eaters here in Red Rock NSW but have never caught one in the act of eating one. I got quite close, perhaps 15 metres away. They know me quite well so proximity was not a problem. And of course they are a confident bird. I know that the afternoon sun works well for the rock colouration from other photos I have taken. Camera was Canon G3X.